Chicory and lentil salad with warm shallot dressing recipe

Chicory and lentil salad with warm shallot dressing recipe

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Liven up your everyday lentil salad with this deliciously innovative, not to mention tasty, shallot and rapeseed oil dressing. The salad dressing will keep well in the fridge for up to 1 week. Simply warm it through before serving – or enjoy it cold. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 5 mins to prepare and 10 mins to cook
  • 250 calories / serving
  • Healthy


  • 100ml (3 1/2fl oz) rapeseed oil
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • ½ garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chives, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tarragon, finely chopped

For the salad

  • 250g (8oz) ready-cooked puy or green lentils
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 2 chicory bulbs, trimmed, leaves separated

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    17g 24%
  • Saturates

    3g 16%
  • Sugars

    2g 2%
  • Salt

    0.6g 10%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 16.1g Protein 8.2g Fibre 8g


  1. Put 1 tbsp of the oil in a small pan over a low heat. Add the shallots and a pinch of salt. Cook gently for 5 minutes, stirring, until the shallots have softened (but not coloured). Remove from the heat.
  2. Stir in the garlic, mustard, sugar and vinegar. Using a whisk, gradually beat in the remaining oil in a steady stream, until thickened. Stir in the herbs and 2 tbsp just-boiled water; season to taste.
  3. Combine the lentils and avocado in a bowl. Pour over half the dressing (reserve the rest for another day) and toss to coat. Arrange on a serving plate with the chicory.

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